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Jewelry Making: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Sculpey Woven Earrings with syndee holt
Sculpey Woven Earrings with syndee holt
How can NYFW and Pantone help you design jewelry?
Spring 2015 jewelry making inspiration
Increase Productivity in the Jewelry Studio...
Increase Productivity in the Jewelry Studio with These 5 Tips
Not Sure What Type of Chord or String to Use...
There are a huge assortment of bead stringing media available. Here is some info on just a few to consider for your jewelry making needs.
Make Jewelry Now
Get started making jewelry now with this helpful hub of links to the basics of all kinds of jewelry making: bead stringing; bead weaving; wire work; metal clay; metal fabrication; metal soldering; fused and lampwork glass; and mixed media and fiber.
6 Steps to Soldering Jewelry
Here is a step by step description of how to solder metals such as silver to make jewelry
Wondering What Type of Wire to Use for Your...
What Wire for What? - Learn about the different types of wire used for jewelry making.
Trade Secrets Every Jewelry Designer Should Know
Have you ever thought about selling your hand-crafted jewelry to shops, boutiques, or galleries? My list of Dos and Don'ts when approaching retail outlets will help you get started.
Traditional Bead Knotting
Adding knots between beads is a way to add a special something to beaded jewelry pieces. This traditional method has been around for centuries, but you can learn how to do it too.
The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Using Metal and Clay
Find out what you need to get started making jewelry with metal clay.
Want to Be a Jewelry Designer? Here's What You...
Discover the very first step you need to take to become a jewelry designer.
How to Make Elastic Bead Bracelets
Learn to make an elastic stretchy-style beaded bracelet. Once you see how easy it is, you'll want to make yourself a whole wardrobe of these for every outfit in your closet.
Beads and Beaded Jewelry Bead Jewelry Lover...
It is all about the beads! Here is a collection of projects and information for the bead lover, focusing on beaded jewelry techniques and bead jewelry projects.
7 Easy Ways to Sell Your Jewelry After Show...
7 Ways to Sell Your Jewelry After Show Season
What Type of Soldering Torch?
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder.
How to Close a Crimp Bead
Crimp beads are used to finish off a beaded jewelry piece such as a necklace or bracelet. This tutorial shows how to use crimping plier to close a crimp bead.
Create a Wire and Bead Spider
A very popular project - here is a Halloween spider to make from wire and beads.
Signing Your Jewelry
Sign your jewelry by using little metal tags. Here's some information and links to suppliers to help you either make or buy prefabricated tags.
How to Put the Right Price Tag on Your Jewelry...
Use this pricing formula to figure out how much to charge (both wholesale and retail) for your hand-crafted jewelry. Page 3.
How to Wire Wrap a Cabochon
This wire wrapping method works for wrapping a number of different sizes and shapes of cabochons, often referred as cabs.
Making Charms Using Lost Wax Casting
Through a technique called lost wax casting, you can create your own metal charms and pendants.
What Is Mother of Pearl - Real Pearls or What?
Mother of pearl is an amazing material for jewelry making. Learn more about this unique item, where it came from, and the various properties that define mother of pearl.
Bead Knotting for Cheaters
Start Knotting Between Beads. Jewelry Making.
Hammers for Metal Jewelry Making
Find out how and why you need these hammers in your tool box or at your work bench you are making metal jewelry.
Chain-Nosed Pliers
Chain-nosed pliers are a versatile hand-tool used for a variety of jewelry techniques, from wire work to beading.
Stepping Into Beading
This is a magazine for jewelry makers who like lots and lots of beaded jewelry projects.
Getting Started: Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry.
Purple Peace Pendant
Wrap Briolette Bead. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Crimp Bead Size vs. Beading Wire Size
What size crimp bead do you use with each different size of beading wire? I get this question a lot.
Getting Started: Metalsmithing
Getting Started: Metalsmithing. Jewelry Making.
Shrink, Shrank, Shrunk: Make Stylish Shrink...
Shrink, Shrank, Shrunk: Make Stylish Shrink Plastic Jewelry by Kathy Sheldon updates this old childhood favorite into amazing jewelry components.
Make Your Own Ear Hooks
With practice, a few hand tools, and a little wire, you'd be surprised at how simple it can be to make your own jewelry findings. Ear hooks are one of the most often used findings, and they are one of the simplest to make also.
If You Post on the Jewelry Making Forum, Be...
Our Jewelry Making Forum is a wonderful place to talk about jewelry making, but before you jump into the conversation, it's a good idea to be familiar with our rules and guidelines.
Oxidizing with Silver Black
Silver Black is a product used by some metal workers to oxidize their finished jewelry. It's pretty easy to use, and it has an interesting affect on your metal jewelry.
How to Use a Jig to Make a Wire Bracelet
Start Wrapping Wire on Jig. Jewelry Making. Page 3.
Making a Bead & Wire Chain
Learn to transform a little wire and a few beads into an awesome chain using this simple jewelry fabrication technique.
Getting Started - Finding Classes
If you want to learn how to make jewelry or just learn more about techniques you use now, then read this feature to find out how to locate classes near you
Tips for Packaging Jewelry When Selling On-Line
Creating a Jewelry Brand. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Easy Stone Setting
Setting stones doesn't have to be difficult. Here are a few tricks of the trade.
Hematite and Crystal Beaded Eye Glass Chain
Hematite Beads, Hematite Stars, and Crystal Beads. Page 3.
About Metal Casting Services
So, you have an idea for a charm or pendant but need someone to make it for you? What do you do? Consider using the services of a metal casting company.
Tips for Soldering Jewelry
Soldering jewelry doesn't have to be difficult, and to make sure you solder successfully, here are some tips to consider.
How to Make Silver Bangle Bracelets
Only one solder joint is required to make these silver bangle bracelets. You'll want to make a few to wear and jingle on your wrist.
Bead String Tools & Equipment
Learn about the tools and special equipment you need to get started stringing beads. Page 3.
Birthstone List
List of months and related birthstones for each month - very handy for making mothers' bracelets.
Macrame Knot Library
I’ve created this handy Knot Library to help you find and learn the knots you need for your macrame and fiber jewelry making.
Melting Jewelry Making Metal
Why can't you use a soldering gun or iron rather than a torch with a flame when soldering jewelry? Here's why! Page 2.
How to Use a Bead Board
Learn to use a bead board with your bead stringing and beaded jewelry designs.
Fixing Jump Ring Problems
Jump rings are very important jewelry components. This article covers not only how to make them yourself, but also how to make sure your jump rings stay attached to your jewelry.
Make a Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant
Even if you are a beginning glass artist, you can make this Dichroic Fused Pendant with just a small amount of supplies and little to no glass experience.
Endless Knotted No Clasp Crystal Necklace...
Insert Corsage Pin. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Types of Wire: What’s the Diff?
What's the difference between gold and gold-filled wire? What is fine silver and sterling silver wire? Learn the differences between types of jewelry making wire.
Definition of a Lariat Necklace
Learn about the lariat, an interesting style of necklace.
5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Vicki O'Dell helps narrow down the options for beginning jewelry makers in - 5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Bead Stringing Information & Projects
Learn about the different where to find more information and projects to get started stringing beads. Page 2.
How to Weave a Beaded Ladder Stitch
The ladder stitch is a staple bead weaving stitch and surprisingly easy to do. This is a good stitch for beginners to tackle.
How to Create Home Studio for Fused Glass
If you’ve fallen in love with making glass beads or fused glass or if you’ve always wanted to try glass, then eventually you’ll need to create a place for yourself and your glass. Here are a few tips to help you create your own safe place to work with glass.
Snap-Tite
Learn to use a Snap-Tite setting. Page 2.
Jewelry Making Fuel Issues
The type of fuel you use is also an important element to consider when you select the proper type of torch to solder jewelry. Page 3.
Seed Bead Earring Projects
Weave tiny glass seed beads into beautiful earrings.
Wire Wrapped Beads
This wire wrapping techniques allows you to connect beads together while also wrapping each bead with wire, creating a little wire cage for each bead.
What Is Swarovski Crystal?
Swarovski is a company famous for its crystal beads and jewelry components. Learn what makes Swarovski crystal beads and components distinguishable from other crystal beads.
Wire Cutters
If you plan to work with wire, then wire cutters are going to be one of your most important tools. Find out what you need to know about selecting the best wire cutter for your needs.
Make these 15 Halloween Jewelry Projects to...
Make creepy and cool spider jewelry
More Metal Jewelry Resources
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder. Page 4.
How to Get Started Making Seed Bead Jewelry
You would be amazed at how little you need to start making jewelry using tiny glass seed beads.
Jump Ring Quality
What makes a quality jump ring? Jewelry Making. Page 2.
I Want to Be a "Fine" Jewelry Designer
What is fine jewelry? What does it take to become a designer of fine jewelry? These are just a few questions I cover in this informative article.
Jump Ring Techniques
You need to make sure you properly open and close your jump rings. Page 3.
What is a Cabochon or Cab?
Cabochons are a certain cut of stone that is used often in jewelry designs such as rings, pendants, bracelets, and necklaces.
Memory Wire Suppliers
Memory wire is wonderful to use to make jewelry such as rings, bracelets, and necklaces. All you need are some beads and a few tools and you're ready to make some fabulous jewelry.
Adding color and texture to metal with ICED...
ICED Enamels- Introducing Iced Enamels by Susan Lenart Kazmer
Get Started Making Wire Jewelry
If you have always wanted to make jewelry using wire, then this article will tell you what you need as far as tools to get started.
Easy Mount
Learn to set a stone in an easy mount setting. Page 3.
How to Use a Bead Tip
Learn the basics for using bead tips to finish off your beaded jewelry designs.
What Is Base Metal Jewelry?
: As a jewelry maker, you may often hear the term "base metal" being used. Metals are obviously important
Bead Weaving Fringe Earrings
Bead Weaving Fringe Earrings. Jewelry Making.
Metal Clay Firing Options
Depending on the type of metal clay you have, from original silver metal clay to copper metal clay, there are a number of options for firing it. This may include anything from a kiln to a simple hand-held torch.
Making Jump Rings
Learn how to make jump rings. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
To Buy a Kiln or Not to Buy a Kiln
I get a lot of email concerning kilns. This is a big decision to make for most jewelry makers. Before you buy a kiln, consider some important questions you need to ask yourself.
What’s Your Excuse for Not Starting Your...
What’s Your Excuse for Not Starting Your Handmade Jewelry Business?
Beads and Findings for Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry. Page 4.
How to Cut a Hole in Glass
How to Cut a Hole in Glass. Jewelry Making.
Make a Hook and Eye Clasp from Wire
You will be amazed how simple it is to make your own hook and eye clasp using wire and a few hand tools.
How to Cut a Stone Cabochon
Learn how gemstone cabochons, also call referred to as cabs, are formed and cut.
What is Metal Clay?
This silver and gold clay is a great alternative for those who want to work with metal but not with a torch.
Wire and Bead Spider Earrings
These little baby spider earrings are a smaller version of my bead and wire spider project. I've just scaled it down a little and included the supplies you'll need.
Jewelry Hang Tags and Earring Card Tips
Learn how to make your own or get someone else to help you design your own hang tags and earring cards.
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet. Jewelry Making.
Making Wire Wrapped Loops
Start the Loop. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Enlightened Polymer Clay: Artisan Jewelry...
Enlightened Polymer Clay: Artisan Jewelry Designs Inspired by Nature by Rie Nagumo is a very unique approach to polymer clay jewelry making.
Making a Beaded Bead
This technique is amazing and a great way to learn or practice a bead weaving stitch called peyote. You literally weave tiny seed beads together to form a tube-shaped bead.
Proper and Quick Jump Ring Techniques
Learn two different ways - one the proper way and one the quick way - of using wire to make jump rings.
Earring Findings
Learn what a head pin is and what it is used for when making beaded jewelry. Page 6.
Glass Acorns and Leaves
Add some fall flare to your jewelry pieces with glass acorn and leaves.
Beaded Ornament Cover
Use your beading skills to create this netted ornament cover from seed beads and tear drop beads.
Buying Jump Rings
You Can Buy Jump Rings. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Stone Setting Results
This is an example of one easy stone setting ruby pendant. Page 4.
How to Bead Around a Cabochon
Incorporating cabochons is a great way to expand on seed beaded jewelry designs, and the basic technique is not that difficult to master.
Sterling Sand Dollar and Puka Shell Necklace
Sterling Sand Dollar and Puka Shell Necklace
Stringing Mediums for Beads
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry. Page 5.
Use Your Left Over Beads in These 12 DIY...
12 Jewelry Projects Using Left Over Beads - Use up left over beads to create beautiful jewelry projects.
Types of Solder
Learn about the different types of solder used for soldering metal jwelry such as gold and silver, medium and soft, and sheet and wire.
IPCA Retreat
International Polymer Clay Association Retreat in Columbus Ohio
Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Turn a piece of silver plate into an awesome cuff bracelet. No soldering required.
Fine Jewelry Designing
Take the first step to becoming a fine jewelry designer. Page 2.
Spanish Style Chain
Make Jump Rings. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Make Faux Beach Glass
Use your fused glass scraps up with this easy technique for making faux beach glass.
Winter White Pearl and Glass Bracelet
Winter White Pearl and Glass Bracelet
Fast Track Your Handmade Jewelery Business for...
Why Your Handmade Jewelry Business Needs a Business Plan
Do the Jig
While there are a lot of good commercial wire jigs on the market these days, you can also make your own with some wood and a few nails.
Crimping Pictorial
Look at the Crimping Pliers. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Bead Stringing Findings
Learn how crimp beads are used with bead stringing. Page 3.
Metal Clay Hot Pot
I heard a lot of pros and cons from various metal clay artists before I finally decided to try using a metal clay hot pot myself. Here are my thoughts on if this little pot has the right stuff.
12 Jewelry Projects Using Left Over Beads
12 Jewelry Projects Using Left Over Beads
7 Tips for Spotting Upcoming Trends
7 Tips for Spotting Upcoming Trends
Jewelry Repair Example
This feature explains some repair tips and describes a repair job I completed once as a way to give you an idea of how to approach offering your own jewelry repair services.
Hunting Down a Sales Rep
This interview with the owner of Over the Moon Jewelry offers suggestions for hunting down a jewelry sales rep.
Tips for Making Threader Earrings
Have you made any threader earrings yet, or are you thinking of making yourself a pair soon? If so, then you'll want to take a look at some of these ear thread tips compiled from the Jewelry Making forum. Some are tips from me and some are tips from forum members.
Cover Your Crimps!
What a fabulous idea: covers for your crimp beads! It's about time too! Learn how to use these cool covers to disguise your crimp beads and add a special touch to all your jewelry designs.
Pink Crystal and Brown Lava Bead Necklace
Attach Lobster Claw Clasp. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Inspiration and Ideas for Jewelry Making
Magazines with Online Projects. Jewelry Making.
Water Casting Tutorial
Heat Metal. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
What Is Resin or Two-Part Epoxy?
Learn about resin also referred to sometimes as two-part epoxy and how it is used in jewelry making.
Jewelry Studio Organization Tips
It is amazing how much more productive you can be when you have a well-organized area to make jewelry. Most of us struggle with organizing our work space, so here are some tips to help you get organized and then get to work.
Make Sandals from Chain and Crystals
Make some fun jewelry for your feet by using some gun metal chain and colorful crystal beads. You may have heard these referred to as bottomless or bare foot sandals.
Tips for Baking Polymer Clay
It can be tricky to get your polymer clay pieces baked correctly, so here are some tips for success.
Round-Nosed Pliers
Round-nosed pliers are probably one of the most important tools for wire and metal workers. Learn what to look for when purchasing round-nosed pliers and what they are best used for when making jewelry.
Crystal Badge Lanyard Necklace
More and more of us these days are required to wear badges where we work, but just because we have to wear something utilitarian around our necks doesn’t mean they can’t also be attractive as well as a functional piece of jewelry.
Promoting Your Jewelry Business via Blogs
What is a blog and what does it have to do with jewelry making? Even more important, find out how you can use blog technology to promote yourself and your jewelry business, whether you sell your hand-crafted jewelry, teach classes, or sell supplies such as beads and wire.
Free Jewelry Making E-Courses
Learn how to make jewelry at home with one of these free jewelry making e-courses. Discover new techniques in beading, wire work, fiber, fabrication, metal clay, and more. There is even a course on how to start your own jewelry business.
Flower Petal Ornament Cover
This seed bead ornament is designed to cover a standard glass bulb.
How to Launch Your Handmade Jewelry Business
Launching Your Handmade Jewelry Business
Jewelry Clasps and Connectors
Learn what a jump ring is and how it is used in making beaded jewelry. Page 2.
Get Started: Macrame Jewelry
A hot fad from the 60s has become popular again today. Learn how you can get started making macrame jewelry.
Macrame Hemp and Toggle Clasp Bracelet
Macrame Hemp and Toggle Clasp Bracelet
Software for Serious Jewelry Designers
Jewelry designers need all the help they can get when it comes to getting organized.
Battle of the Wire Jewelry Jigs
A group of did some usability testing on a variety of different wire jewelry jigs. These are our findings.
Weekly Feature - Not for Knotting?
Not for Knotting? - A review for jewelry makers of the Tri-Cord Knotter.
10 Tips for Working with Chain
Prefabricated chain is a handy component to include in your jewelry creations. Here are some tips to consider when working with chain.
11 Easy and Clever DIY Jewelry Displays
11 Clever and Easy DIY Jewelry Displays - Easy to make and easy on the wallet. Links to full tutorials included!
Pearl Necklace Projects
Pearl Necklace Projects
Pearl Illusion Necklace
Make an illusion-style necklace with pearl beads, beading wire, and crimp beads. Then finish it off with a hand-crafted clasp.
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